Sirgiorgiro Clardy, 26, a pimp described by a psychologist as "an anti-social psychopath," is suing Nike for $100 million.
He claims that its Air Jordan shoes don't include a warning that they could be used as dangerous weapons. This is after he was wearing a pair of the shoes as he stomped on the face of a client of one of his prostitutes. The victim received stitches and plastic surgery.
He alleges Nike is partially responsible for his 100-year prison sentence for severely beating a man in 2012 - according to a report in The Oregonian. Clardy, who carried out his pimping activities in Portland, was wearing a pair of Jordans when he stomped on the face of a man who was trying to leave a hotel without paying for the services provided by the prostitute.
Clardy was found guilty of second-degree assault by a jury in early 2013. He was also found guilty of robbing the man and beating a woman so badly her ears bled.
He had forced the woman to be his prostitute when she was 18 years old.
Clardy represented himself and handwrote his three-page complaint from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton.
"Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potential dangerous product. Do [sic] to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering."Apart from the money, Clardy's demands that Nike be required to include warning labels for all "potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise."
According to Raw Story, this last conviction was his 20th. He was also arrested in June 2012, as part of a sex trafficking sting operation, KATU reports, where three teenagers were rescued.
It was during his 2013 trial that a psychologist, Frank Colistro, described Clardy as "an anti-social psychopath who was 100 percent likely to commit crimes again."
He added: "I've evaluated serial murders, serial rapists, and I'm going to tell you very few of those people reach the [scores] we're going to talk about here. People like Mr. Clardy are born bad. It's not something we can fix. That's why we have prisons."
Sirgiorgiro Clardy's lawsuit is due to be served at Nike's Beaverton headquarters early next week.
Whether one might consider that this is a frivolous claim, and an unreasonable waste of the court's time, Nike will still have to make a response.
This would have been the perfect story for an April 1 – "all fools day" newspaper spoof report. Sadly, it's true.
If pursued, it will be just another example of the absurd situation that the American Justice System has brought upon itself.